Eight of the world's top 10, including defending champion Karolina Pliskova, world no. 1 Naomi Osaka and reigning French Open champion Simona Halep, lead the field at the 2019 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix from 22-28 April.

The first big WTA Tour event of the clay-court season and one of the most popular women's events in the world, the indoor clay courts of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix reliably features the best players in the world as the build-up to the French Open begins in earnest.

WTA STUTTGART LIVE STREAMING

WTA Stuttgart Grand Prix tennis is live from 22-28 April 2019 with play starting around 11.30am local (10.30am BST). Bookmaker bet365 are offering customers the opportunity to watch a live stream of the matches alongside in-play betting.

Watch and bet on WTA Stuttgart tennis live at bet365 > live streaming > tennis (geo-restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify)

How to watch & bet on WTA Stuttgart tennis:

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3. Select Live Streaming

4. Select 'Tennis’ from the ‘All Sports’ dropdown menu

5. Enjoy a live stream & in-play betting for WTA Stuttgart tennis, live from 22-28 April 2019

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WTA STUTTGART TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Qualifying rounds will be played at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix on 20-21 April, with main-draw play beginning on Monday 22 April.

WTA Stuttgart 2019

Date - TimeEvent Name Location
22 Apr 2019 10:30R1Porsche Arena
23 Apr 2019 10:30R1Porsche Arena
24 Apr 2019 10:30R1 and R2Porsche Arena
25 Apr 2019 10:30R2Porsche Arena
26 Apr 2019 12:30QuarterfinalsPorsche Arena
27 Apr 2019 14:30SemifinalsPorsche Arena
28 Apr 2019 15:00FinalPorsche Arena

WTA STUTTGART PLAYERS 2019

Even by the high standards of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, the field for the 2019 edition of the WTA Stuttgart event is exceptional, featuring eight of the world's top 10 players and all of the reigning Grand Slam champions.

Here are just some of the WTA Tour stars scheduled to appear at the 2019 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix when it begins on 22 April.

Naomi Osaka 
The world no. 1 and current US and Australian Open champion starts her clay-court season in Stuttgart as she begins preparations to try to win her third consecutive major title at Roland Garros. Osaka is guaranteed her best-ever result at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in 2019 - she qualified for the Premier-level tournament in 2017, but lost in the first round to Johanna Konta.

Simona Halep
The end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019 were a bit rocky for Halep as she struggled with a back injury - but this is her part of the season. Halep will be coming straight from the indoor clay of Rouen, where she leads Romania's Fed Cup side against France, and the defending Roland Garros champion will aim to improve on her previous best result in Stuttgart - semifinal appearances in 2015 and 2017.

Petra Kvitova
World no. 3 Kvitova won titles on clay in Prague and Madrid in 2018 and the Australian Open runner-up, already a champion in Sydney in 2019, will also be trying to make it past the semifinals at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix for the first time, having made the final four in 2012 and 2016.

Sloane Stephens
It hasn't been a great start to 2019 for Stephens, down to world no. 8 after failing to defend her Miami Open title, and the 2018 French Open runner-up also has to come straight to Stuttgart from Fed Cup duty in Texas - but no one can find form more quickly than the 2017 US Open champion.

Karolina Pliskova
Big-serving Pliskova is back to defend the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix title she won in storming style in 2018 dropping just one set on her way to the trophy. The world no. 4 has already won a title in 2019, as well as making the semifinals of the Australian Open and the final of Miami, and should be very hard to beat in Stuttgart.

Elina Svitolina
Reigning WTA Finals champion Elina Svitolina has played some of her best tennis on clay in the past, reaching two French Open quarterfinals and winning Rome twice. The world no. 7 reached the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix quarterfinals on her debut in 2018, can she improve on that in 2019?

Kiki Bertens
Dutch star Kiki Bertens is a former French Open semifinalist and made the Charleston and Madrid finals in 2018, as well as proving she's a threat on all surfaces by winning Cincinnati and Seoul and making the Wimbledon quarterfinals. Bertens is 0-2 in Stuttgart - can she get her first win at the Premier-level event in 2019?

Angelique Kerber
Home favourite Kerber, currently ranked world no. 5, is looking for her first title of 2019 after finishing runner-up at Indian Wells. The left-hander won back-to-back Porsche Tennis Grand Prix titles in 2015-16 and will be hoping to make it a hat-trick in 2019.

Maria Sharapova
Sidelined by a shoulder injury since the end of January, two-time French Open champion Maria Sharapova is hoping to return to action at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, where she won the title three years in a row in 2012-14.

ABOUT THE PORSCHE TENNIS GRAND PRIX

The oldest women’s indoor tennis event in the world, the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix has a rich history stretching back to 1978 with Martina Navratilova winning six singles and eight doubles titles between 1982 and 1992. Navratilova remains the all-time record holder in Stuttgart, but other luminaries including Gabriela Sabatini, Mary Pierce, Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin, Jelena Jankovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova joined her on the tournament’s roll of honour in the event’s first lifetime as an autumn hard-court event.

It was in 2009, however, that the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix transformed itself into its current form, becoming a spring event played on indoor clay. The calendar and surface change revitalized the event, and the decision to use French clay with an 0.1mm grain size – the same used at Roland Garros – proved to be a shrewd one. Stuttgart now offers an unparalleled opportunity for players to warm up for the French Open on a similar surface, and its calendar position in early April – ahead of the major Premier events in Madrid and Rome – means that the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix now marks the beginning of the WTA Tour’s European clay-court season.

Now the first landmark in the run-up to Roland Garros, WTA Stuttgart has attracted star-studded fields since its transformation to a clay event in 2009 and features one of the most packed draws you will see throughout the WTA Tour calendar, with top-10 and top-20 players often colliding in the first round. Justine Henin was the first to win Stuttgart as a clay event in 2010 and Julia Goerges thrilled the home crowds with her run to the title in 2011, but the next few years at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix would be dominated by one particular player - a certain Maria Sharapova.

The two-time French Open champion has played her best tennis of the past few seasons on clay and it has showed in Stuttgart, where at one point she owned an unbeaten 13-0 record and has collected a trio of titles, beating Victoria Azarenka (2012), Li Na (2013) and Ana Ivanovic (2014) in the finals. Sharapova’s 2014 title was particularly memorable as she was on the verge of dropping out of the top 10 and Lucie Safarova served for the match against her in the first round; after capturing the Stuttgart title, she went on to win the Mutua Madrid Open and her second French Open title at Roland Garros.

The 2015 edition of WTA Stuttgart saw Sharapova’s reign ended in the second round by Angelique Kerber, who defeated the defending champion 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 and went on to beat Ekaterina Makarova, Madison Brengle and Caroline Wozniacki in a gripping final. Triumphing 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 over Wozniacki to thrill the home crowds by capturing the trophy – already the second Premier-level title she had won in 2015 – Kerber went on to win in Birmingham and Stanford and ended the season back inside the top 10. 

Kerber returned in 2016 as a Grand Slam champion and successfully defended a title for the first time in her career in Stuttgart, defeating compatriot Laura Siegemund, whose giant-killing run through qualifying and the main draw lit up the Porsche Arena. Kerber would go on to win the second Grand Slam title of her season at the US Open and rise to the world no. 1 ranking. 

The 2017 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix was famous as the location for the return of Maria Sharapova from a doping ban, with the Russian playing some great tennis immediately as she made the semi-finals, where she would be upstaged by Kristina Mladenovic. On the other side of the draw it was wildcard Laura Siegemund who was making an unexpected run through the draw, with the German conquering Svetlana Kuznetsova, Karolina Pliskova and Simona Halep before taking out Mladenovic for the biggest title of her career. It was big-serving Czech Pliskova who restored some order in 2018, dropping just one set on the way to the title and defeating then-reigning French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and Coco Vandeweghe among others. 

WTA STUTTGART TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

Here are some quick facts about the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.

WTA Stuttgart tournament information

Porsche Tennis Grand PrixWTA Stuttgart
Dates22-28 April 2019
LocationStuttgart, Germany
VenuePorsche Arena
CategoryPremier
SurfaceRed clay (indoors)
First played1978
Draw size28 singles/16 doubles
Most titlesMartina Navratilova (6)
Reigning singles championKarolina Pliskova
Reigning doubles championsRaquel Atawo/Anna-Lena Groenefeld
Prize money$816,000

WTA STUTTGART RANKING POINTS

Here is a breakdown of the ranking points awarded by the WTA Tour for reaching various rounds at a Premier-level event like the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.

WTA Premier ranking points

RoundPoints (56-player draw)Points (28-player draw)
Champion470470
Finalist305305
Semifinal185185
Quarterfinal100100
Round of 165555
Round of 32301
Round of 641-
Qualified2525
Q3-18
Q21313
Q111

WTA STUTTGART CHAMPIONS

Here is a complete list of singles champions at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. 

Players still active in singles are given in bold.

Previous winners of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

YearChampionRunner-up
1978Tracy AustinBetty Stove
1979Tracy Austin (2)Martina Navratilova
1980Tracy Austin (3)Sherry Acker
1981Tracy Austin (4)Martina Navratilova
1982Martina NavratilovaTracy Austin
1983Martina Navratilova (2)Catherine Tranvier
1984Catarina LindqvistSteffi Graf
1985Pam ShriverCatarina Lindqvist
1986Martina Navratilova (3)Hana Mandlikova
1987Martina Navratilova (4)Chris Evert
1988Martina Navratilova (5)Chris Evert
1989Gabriela SabatiniMary Joe Fernandez
1990Mary Joe FernandezBarbara Paulus
1991Anke HuberMartina Navratilova
1992Martina Navratilova (6)Gabriela Sabatini
1993Mary PierceNatasha Zvereva
1994Anke Huber (2)Mary Pierce
1995Iva MajoliGabriela Sabatini
1996Martina HingisAnke Huber
1997Martina Hingis (2)Lisa Raymond
1998Sandrine TestudLindsay Davenport
1999Martina Hingis (3)Mary Pierce
2000Martina Hingis (4)Kim Clijsters
2001Lindsay DavenportJustine Henin
2002Kim ClijstersDaniela Hantuchova
2003Kim Clijsters (2)Justine Henin
2004Lindsay Davenport (2)Amelie Mauresmo
2005Lindsay Davenport (3)Amelie Mauresmo
2006Nadia PetrovaTatiana Golovin
2007Justine HeninTatiana Golovin
2008Jelena JankovicNadia Petrova
2009Svetlana KuznetsovaDinara Safina
2010Justine Henin (2)Samantha Stosur
2011Julia GoergesCaroline Wozniacki
2012Maria SharapovaVictoria Azarenka
2013Maria Sharapova (2)Li Na
2014 Maria Sharapova (3)Ana Ivanovic
2015Angelique KerberCaroline Wozniacki
2016Angelique Kerber (2)Laura Siegemund
2017Laura SiegemundKristina Mladenovic
2018Karolina PliskovaCoco Vandeweghe

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